Lori Cole is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director of the interdisciplinary master's program XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement at New York University, where she has taught since 2014. Her book Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines was published by Penn State University Press in 2018. The book examines how the genre of the questionnaire structured debates over art and national identity through print culture, yielding a self-reflexive history of modernism written by artists and critics from across Europe and the Americas. Lori received her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2012 and was the Charlotte Zysman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University from 2012 to 2014. At Brandeis Lori also curated three iterations of the Rose Video series at the Rose Art Museum.
Lori was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2002 to 2003 and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 she was also a Junior Fellow at the Frick, where she researched the history of collecting photography. In addition to her teaching, Lori has lectured on modern and contemporary art at the Tate Modern, the Whitney, MoMA, the DeCordova, and the Reina Sofía. Prior to starting graduate school she held positions at the Dia Art Foundation, Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She has written criticism for Artforum since 2004 and her scholarship on art and transatlantic print culture has been published in The Journal of Art Historiography, The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, The Global South, and The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines.